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Valuation of Copper Chandeliers

Through our years of experience with restorers and antique dealers it is possible to value a chandelier so that it can be sold for the right price.

Let Brink & van Keulen take a look at your copper chandelier and you will soon know which model it is and what period it comes from.

An appraisal is the estimation of the value of an object. Brink & van Keulen 1646 B.V. can only provide a valuation. A valuation is an estimation of the value of a chandelier at the moment. It looks at comparable chandeliers from that time, the quality of the details and the finish. A valuation of an object is important when one wants to buy, sell or insure it.

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Reasons for an appraisal may include

  • You do not collect (or no longer collect) or you have them from an inheritance
  • There is interest to take over (part of) the inheritance, how much should be paid for this?
  • An inheritance must be divided, how is it well distributed?
  • You'd like to know what you own, if you don't know the right value then it can't be disposed of for the right price.

The valuation carried out by Brink & van Keulen is based on knowledge and experience. As with valuing real estate and art objects, valuers are registered with a federation. However, this is not possible for objects such as chandeliers, which is why you receive an advisory value.

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Why Brink & van Keulen 1646 B.V.?

  • As the oldest chandelier manufacturer in the Netherlands, we are the party to sell your chandeliers.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge.
  • Large network
  • Storage of 1.000m2, you can always deliver goods
  • Clear working method

From the moment that Brink & van Keulen 1646 B.V. manages the chandelier(s), these are insured against damage, loss or theft. The proceeds of the goods sold will be transferred to you after about five weeks, after deduction of the shipping costs, possible transport and other costs.

Various Value Definitions

Recommended value definitions for valuations of chandeliers other than machinery or business inventories for the purpose of insurance valuations.

Replacement value

~ ex art 275 Commercial Code

Replacement value means the amount necessary to obtain items comparable by type, quality, condition and age. The starting point: the replacement object will be purchased on the appropriate market within the shortest possible period of time.

New value

New value means the amount needed to obtain a new product of the same type and quality.

Daily value

The current market value means the new value less an amount for depreciation due to ageing or wear and tear.

Economic value

Fair market value for the purposes of income tax, inheritance and gift taxes, mutual division, division of estates and acquisition of a business is understood to mean the amount which, if offered for sale in the manner most suitable for the business after the best preparation, would have been spent by the most bidding candidate or received by the seller.

Private sale value

Private sale value means the amount that an item can reasonably be expected to pay in the event of a voluntary offer, in the manner customary for this type of item, and in which the buyer does not incur any further costs on the basis of which it is assumed that the item will be sold:

- No auction
- No account has been taken of an exceptional bid made by a special bidder

Public voluntary sales value/auction value

Public voluntary sale value is defined as the amount that an object in a public voluntary sale/auction will reasonably be able to raise after the best preparation and offer in the manner most usual for the type of object.

Execution value

Execution value is understood to mean the amount that, in the case of a forced sale by public auction in the manner prescribed by law, an item can reasonably be expected to pay in the case of a sale to the highest bidder.

Insurance value

The value for which one must insure a chandelier in order to be able to buy an almost identical work of the same in very good condition quickly from a reputable art dealer or gallery. This is the highest value.

Trade or Private sale value

The value to be expected when selling yourself to private individuals or traders, which depends very much on the time and market situation.

Auction sales value

The value that can be expected when selling an object at an auction, where the seller pays approximately 15% commission on the exit price to the auctioneer.

Auction purchase value

The value that can be expected when buying an object at the auction, where the buyer pays approximately 25% commission on the auction price to the auctioneer.

Replacement value

Equal to insurance value.

Shopping value

Equal to insurance value.

Market value

An overall average of the above values.

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Brink & van Keulen 1646 B.V. Originally a family business, Brink & van Keulen maintains the 17th century foundry craft by producing the highest quality copper chandeliers. Through centuries-old knowledge transfer, Brink & van Keulen has taken an important role in the preservation of the foundry craft. Brink & van Keulen is specialized in the field of production, restoration, valuation and mediation of old Dutch copper chandeliers.
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Recommended by the Cultural Heritage Inspectorate

After restoration, the chandeliers are indistinguishable from new ones. The Cultural Heritage Inspectorate values the craftsmanship of Brink & van Keulen so highly that they recommend their treatment for monumental crowns instead of regular polishing!


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